“State BN all for policies that benefit the rakyat”

Abdul Karim (left) listens as Anderson Kalang explains the finer points of Sape music to him.

KUCHING, June 6: Sarawak Barisan Nasional (BN) is fine with any plans or decisions made by the federal government so long as they do not burden the rakyat.

State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports ‌Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said this today when asked to comment on the Goods and Services Tax (GST) being zero-rated effective June 1.

“As long as it can reduce the burden of the people, we, from the state BN, are all right with the decision. After all, this was what Pakatan Harapan (PH) promised in their 14th general election manifesto,” he said after launching 11Ridgeway community event space here.

Abdul Karim trying out a pink Sape as Fiona and others look on.

Abdul Karim said he expected all businesses, including those in the tourism industry, to adhere to this policy, stressing that they should not abuse or manipulate the prices of goods as the government’s decision to zero-rate the GST was to help the rakyat.

“We expect the people to follow through and abide by it, although it will not lead to a dramatic drop in the price of daily goods as the difference is probably between 10 and 20 sen. Same goes to the tourism-related industry, regardless of whether it is on tourists or locals.” — DayakDaily